ELIZABETHTOWN – Two sisters brought a long-standing hobby closer to a career.
Alli Armstrong Vaughan and Adriana Armstrong grew up in Elizabethtown. Like many other men in southern Illinois, their father, Darrick Armstrong, was a hunter. Vaughan, the eldest of the couple, accompanied her father on his first hunt at the age of 5.
They started out by hunting squirrels. Vaughan said the squirrels do not require the “hunter” to be too calm or still.
âWhen I was six, I killed my first deer and my first turkey. Dad filmed us as a souvenir … “
âWe’re almost five years apart. I knew it was my turn to start hunting when I was 5 years old. I also had my first deer and my first turkey in the first year, âsaid Adriana Armstrong.
Starting with their father gave him the opportunity to teach the girls how to hunt properly. Shortly after, Adriana was filming her sister and then they died.
Vaughan said more and more people wanted to see the videos. They made DVDs and sold them in a rural King and Dunn’s Sporting Goods store. They had enough viewers to gain sponsors as well.
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This led the young women to create their own show called “Grace Camo and Lace”.
The sixth season of “Grace Camo and Lace” has premiered and will air on the Sportsman Channel in the first and second quarters of 2022. In the second half of the year, “Grace Camo and Lace” will be available on MOTV (My Outdoors TV) and the Hunt chain.
Vaughan said the latter two channels can be found on digital media platforms such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku and others.
They had so much fun hunting with their father that their mother, Susan, also started hunting. You might see both parents and grandfather Ronnie Armstrong on the show.
The show is based in Elizabethtown, where Adriana, 19, lives. Vaughan, now 24, lives near Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband who serves in the military.
In addition to increasing their audience, the young women developed their hunting skills.
Besides the normal prey of southern Illinois, they hunt elk, barberry, ibex, and even bears.
Vaughan said his favorite hunt was elk. They go back and forth, which includes elements of deer hunting and turkey hunting.
Adriana Armstrong still enjoys hunting white-tailed deer in southern Illinois.
âThere is so much history. I really like it, âshe said.
Both sisters are National Archery Champions with the Southeastern Illinois College teams. Vaughan said Adriana is a better archery shooter than she is.
Both want careers in communication and the outdoors.
âI write for outdoor magazines and blogs such as Tri-State Hunting Magazine, Bowhunting.com, Legacy Trails Media, Ohio River Scenic Byway Magazine, and North American Whitetail Magazine, âVaughan said.
Adriana Armstrong is a student majoring in social media communications and marketing. She will complete her degree online.
The first “Grace Camo and Lace” show of the new year aired December 29 on Sportsman. The show’s regular airtime is 5:30 a.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit âGrace Camo and Laceâ on social media, including Facebook and Instagram.